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How are you doing? That question is asked just about every time you see a friend. We always smile and say, “Just fine.” But really, how are you doing?
This year has been like nothing we could have ever imagined. As I reflect over the past 12 months, I remember home schooling, toilet paper searching, mask wearing, pick up grocery runs, working from home, and missing my family and friends. No, really, how are you doing? Here is what I’ve learned. Every challenge is an opportunity. A chance to get creative, to test your ability and flexibility. This year has brought many opportunities to the Junior League of Mobile, Inc. (JLM). While it hasn’t been easy to change course mid-plan, our membership always accepted the challenge and we have achieved great things. Members are the backbone of JLM. They are our most valuable resource, contributing time, treasure, and energy directly to the community. In a time when it would have been easy to pause everything, our members kept going. Last fall, two of our largest fundraisers were successfully implemented raising over $130,000 for our community projects. Over 10,000 diapers have been collected and distributed to families in need through our diaper bank program. Books, school supplies, and snack foods were distributed at George Hall Elementary through the Adopt-A-School program along with new water bottle refill stations. And this is
Amanda Parker Gonzales President 2020-2021
just a taste of what our members have done this year! Almost daily, I get a message from a member asking, “How are you doing?” I am proud! I am honored! I am beyond excited by what the women of Junior League Mobile are doing. In a time when there is so much working against us, we are creating new opportunities to push progress forward; to help children and families in need. JLM members are empowered to become change agents. Members serve as volunteers because of the passion and drive to make the community better. I appreciate the flexibility and grace from our partners, supporters, and members as we continue to navigate through this together. I start just about every meeting with the Junior League Prayer of Service. Written in 1956, it still holds true today; “Make us gracious followers; Make gracious those who lead. And more than all, we pray that down the years, we will remember that there are always new frontiers.” I am lucky to be surrounded by a group of extraordinary women that show grace and compassion in their efforts everyday and never shy away from new frontiers! Sincerely, Amanda Parker Gonzales President 2020-2021 Junior League of Mobile, Inc.
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FOLIO A community publication of Junior League of Mobile
EDITOR Sara Hyder McGough CONTRIBUTORS TO FOLIO Sarah Bumgarner, Crystal Jones, Amanda Tulowitzki, Tabitha Olzinski, Kerrianne Webster PRODUCER A partnership project of Alabama Coasting. Danny Calametti, David Calametti GRAPHIC DESIGNER Randy Jennings MISSION STATEMENT Junior League of Mobile Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. FOLIO is published twice a year. All rights are reserved. Reproduction without permission, except by other Junior League publications, is prohibited. The office is located at 57 N. Sage Ave., Mobile AL 36607, (251) 471-3348. Learn more at: www.juniorleaguemobile.org ................................................................. HOW TO ADVERTISE IN NEXT FOLIO Please address all advertising space and rate inquiries to: FOLIO Magazine 57 N. Sage Ave. • Mobile, AL 36607 P: (251) 471-3348 • F: (251) 471-3340 E: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information or to download an advertising rate sheet, visit us at: www.juniorleaguemobile.org
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The late Maya Angelou once said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” The talented women of the Junior League of Mobile have proven this year that, when faced with adversity, we will create and overcome because our vision is to, “make a measurable impact by enriching our community.” In this issue of Folio, our contributors highlight innovation and creativity by showcasing the success of our two largest fundraisers, Christmas Jubilee and Blue Pass, both which surpassed expectations in the midst of a pandemic. Committees took chances, imagined different scenarios, and decided bravely to forge on. The funds raised help Adopt-A-School recipient George Hall Elementary give even more to their students in a time of uncertainty and great need. This issue also salutes four of our Healthcare Heroes and takes a look at the pandemic through their brave eyes. We highlight the challenges faced by our recruitment committee and the benefits of a smaller provisional class this year. The difficult topic of human trafficking is addressed as the Junior League of Mobile joined forces this year with other Leagues in bringing this incredibly far-reaching and tragic issue to the forefront in hopes of educating our community. President-Elect Sarah Bumgarner and I compiled interviews from nine past presidents, with three pairs of mother and daughter presidents. Their insights were timeless and relevant even now as our own President Amanda Gonzales gracefully navigates a year like no other we have seen in JLM’s history. I had fun exploring the archives while putting together the Folio covers article. It was a challenge
Sara Hyder McGough FOLIO Editor 2020-2021
deciding which covers to use to highlight the community impact showcased in our publication through the years. Each edition was a window into the past: covers, headlines, photos, and even advertisements tell the story of our JLM and its transformation over the past nine decades. As a librarian and archivist, I believe that age old idea that by looking to the past, we can see our future. Thank you to our 2020-2021 Folio team and contributors. Also, thank you to the Leadership Team and other committee heads for your assistance as we worked to create this beautiful issue. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to coordinate and edit a piece of history that will serve as a reminder that, during this incredibly difficult year, the Junior League of Mobile persevered. The strong women of this league never lost sight of their belief in building a better community for today and tomorrow. Sincerely, Sara Hyder McGough
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JLM’S OWN HEALTHCARE HEROES
IN EVERY ISSUE 4. LETTER FROM PRESIDENT 5. HOW TO ADVERTISE IN THE
NEXT ISSUE OF FOLIO
6. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR 9. ADVERTISERS INDEX 10. CONTRIBUTORS TO FOLIO 11. 90TH ANNIVERSARY
FUNDING THE MISSION
SUSTAINER OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON
14. IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
38. JLM 2021 SUSTAINER OF THE
ADHD Medical Clinic.................................. 5
McGill-Toolen Catholic School.................. 24
32. FUNDING THE MISSION
Alabama Public Radio............................... 54
Playa del Rio.............................................. 31
Container Yard.......................................... 47
St. Mary Catholic School.......................... 13
Designer Collection................................... 37
St. Paul’s Episcopal School.......................... 7
Downtown Mobile Alliance.......................47
The Blind Mule Restaurant & Bar............. 12
Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival............ 30
The Center for Reproductive Medicine..... 54
Gene Fox, Coastal Remax Realtors.......... 25
The Orthopaedic Group........................... 24
Hancock Whitney Bank............................. 55
The Spiffy Fox Pizza & Pub........................ 25
HAW 5 Foundation.................................... 30
UMS-Wright Preparatory School............... 3
Healthy Hospitality Solutions................... 12
Window World........................................... 37
DEVELOPING WOMEN PAST PRESIDENTS
18. JLM RECRUITMENT
48. COVERS THROUGH TIME -
32. BLUE PASS
20. JLM’S OWN
33. CHRISTMAS JUBILEE
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FOLIO TELLS THE JLM STORY
44. LET’S END HUMAN
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FOLIO Contributors Crystal Jones
Crystal is a Senior Underwriter at American Equity Underwriters. She just completed her provisional year and is serving as a FOLIO writer for her first active year in JLM. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Communications. She is married to her husband Jeremy and they have four fur babies. She enjoys reading, shopping, true crime and writing. “I hope to continue to see growth, diversity and inclusion within the walls of JLM. I would love to see our backpack program grow to include other schools within our community and for the people of our community to truly see and understand the great work that JLM does in the City of Mobile and other local communities.”
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Tabitha has been a JLM member for eight Active years and cannot wait to obtain the coveted Sustainer Status. She has a Doctorate in Social Work and sits on several non-profit boards in the area. She has two cats, two children, and one amazing husband. Her favorite placements are anything related to the community and is excited to be a part of the FOLIO team for the second year! “My hope for the future of JLM is that we continue to grow in meaningful ways that help the community. I envision growing our Adopt-A-School program to include numerous schools and collaborating with End It Alabama, the fight against Human Trafficking. I love seeing our impact make immeasurable differences like these.”
Amanda Jean Tulowitzki
Amanda Jean received her B.S. in Marketing from Roberts Wesleyan College, and worked for ten years in Medical Device Sales achieving multiple President’s Club awards. After the birth of her first child, she became a stay at home mother. She loves reading, writing, golfing, and spending time with her husband and girls. They usually can be found taking walks through their neighborhood of Spring Hill. She also serves on the board of the Alliance to the Medical Society and is involved with other volunteer organizations. “It has been encouraging to see JLM leadership embrace virtual options and electronic resources for membership. I would like to see JLM continue to make use of technology to streamline our processes, maximizing our impact on the community.”
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In Their Own Words: Wisdom and Memories from Past Presidents
CAROLYN BRADFORD STEPHENSON, 1968-1969 I had ideas about how the League could impact issues in the community and I wanted to see them implemented. I was willing to give time to see those ideas come to fruition along my path in leadership. My presidency was a time of social unrest. We were learning that collectively we could stand for issues and that it would make a difference. We began taking reading programs into the public schools and we began to work on ways to help those with mental health issues. People are willing to work and want to help others. Everyone was willing to work together and do their part. It was a fun time. Celebrating my 40th birthday was a special moment, and in those days, the day you went sustaining was the day of the annual meeting in the year of my presidency. At the end of business, I was given a wonderful birthday party—one that stands out for me even 50 years later. We began the cookbooks during my years as President-Elect and President. I am not a great cook so I was the only dissenting vote on whether to have a cookbook. It was a great joke at the time, but our books turned out to be best sellers! I wasn’t always right. SARAH LONG DAMSON, 1985-1986 I wanted to be a part of the league where women were encouraged to serve their community. My closest friends were members. The rest is history. Some of the values I hoped to instill in my children are, “there is no limit to what you can do or become.” My father always told me “you are just as good as any person who walks the face of God’s world but you are no better than someone who tries to make something of him/herself.” Every one of us has a responsibility to our neighbor. I had the privilege of helping conduct a survey of our league, OAS – Organizational Self-Assessment. It was the Association of Junior League’s first attempt to help local leagues assess what their membership wanted from their experience. It became evident that our membership was increasingly working both inside and outside the home. Our programming in every part of our league had to change in order to fulfill our mission of developing trained volunteers who make a difference. My words of wisdom for future leaders is to always try to lead by example. I had absorbed so much from those who came before me and those after me – intelligent, caring women who wanted the best for our community. I tried to show there is more to leadership than yelling “charge”! You have to nurture the ones in the trenches. You have to get your hands dirty. You have to show up even when you don’t feel like it! The “buck stops with you”. We are living in a world of self-actualization. We will have to engage the community in practical, fruitful projects that they can translate to positive change. If you look at our history, we have always dreamed the bigger dream! Don’t let the nay-sayers hold us back. CAROLYN STEPHENSON JEFFERS,1995-1996, daughter of Carolyn Bradford Stephenson
Amy Groves (2022-23), Janee Bonner (2008-09), Kristin Pfeffle (2006-07), Amy Carpenter (2017-18), Sarah Bumgarner (2021-22), Amanda Gonzales (2020-21), Angie Gulledge (2015-16), Dee Ann Rutens (2005-06), Katy Sullivan (2012-13), and Ann Sirmon (2009-10)
In celebration of our 90th Anniversary, President-
servant leaders to recollect on what led them to the
Elect Sarah Bumgarner contacted past Junior League
presidency, what was most challenging and what were
of Mobile presidents about their year leading this
the greatest lessons as well as big events and favorite
community and service oriented team of women. We
memories. We appreciate their participation and
were able to interview nine past presidents with three
sets of mother/daughter presidents. We asked these
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I am a typical “Type A” so I love being in leadership and the Junior League excels in training for leadership. I was surprised to receive the call from the Nominating Chair to be the next president. Then as now, the life of an organization has to sync with your personal life. I always believed that being president was doable for me because I had seen my mother and her contemporaries do it very well. In the twenty-five years between my mother’s presidency and mine, we grew to better understand how to become a catalyst for change and we worked actively to make JLM look like the face of our community. It is hard work to look at yourself and see bias, and to work to change yourself before you can hope to change others. I am encouraged by where JLM is today and I pray that we can continue to lead by not being afraid of things that are difficult and painful. That bringing many ideas to the table and working together is much more fulfilling than working alone. I also learned that no matter how hard you work, you always receive more in return. It was a very rewarding experience, one I am grateful to have experienced. It was an amazing time for the Junior League of Mobile during my presidency. We were working on social change. We began to work in a focus area—Public Education—for greater impact, and in-League we were training volunteers to work with computers (it sounds so ancient now) transitioning our finances and bringing production of our print materials in-house.
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LUCY BOWMAN BRADY, 1997-1998
JENNIFER GRAHAM JENKINS, 2011-2012
I really enjoyed my council placements and developed wonderful relationships during my years with the league. Serving on the board helped me to develop confidence as well. I didn’t really have a path in mind at the time. Things just fell into place.
It’s a funny story - there wasn’t a moment or path, but rather an opportunity that came about when nominating was seeking someone who they felt would be the right person to lead the organization. I was about three weeks away from having my third child when I was approached about putting my name in the hat for president. I had never considered it before then.
Definitely the balancing of juggling family responsibilities with Junior League obligations was the most challenging part of that year as president. I was so fortunate to have the support of family -- especially my husband David. He really took care of things at home when I was traveling to meetings.
One of the most challenging aspects of leading JLM was trying to find a balance of when to lead and when to let go. Because burnout in volunteerism is real, it was important to maintain the engagement, gusto, and dedication of our volunteers from day one in their role until they finished that placement 365 days later. Creating and retaining long-term JLM members has to be the focus.
My greatest lesson was realizing that most people have the desire to fulfill their volunteer obligations but sometimes there are very valid reasons that they cannot. This lesson has served me well. Annual meetings and travel experiences --especially meetings for the presidents of large leagues were wonderful experiences during my year as president.
There were countless lessons learned throughout the year, but the one most invaluable lesson learned was to never lose sight of your purpose by connecting, motivating, and inspiring a sense of ownership in others.
ANN FORBES SIRMON, 2009-2010 I don’t think there is a path to the presidency. It is very organic and a personal journey that leads a person to want to become the president of JLM. My moment for starting down the path was the work we did during Hurricane Katrina and then moving Junior League to the new website with Digital Cheetah. It led me to want to do something bigger, something that would make a larger impact.
Our first general membership meeting of the year opened with a really fun flash mob dance to get people excited about the year! I’ve had members who still come up to me and remember that moment – so fun! It was a special moment. Christmas Jubilee remained our largest fundraiser and Blue Pass had only begun a couple of years prior. We began discussions on transitioning Seconds on Sage, our 75-year-old fundraiser, from a freestanding resale shop to an event-based fundraiser to better meet the needs of our league and our members. CHANDRA BROWN STEWART, 2014-2015
The most challenging aspect of being president was balancing personal life and being a volunteer leader. Another challenge was discontinuing the cookbooks - Mobile Junior League Publications (MJLP). Due to the decline of sales of our cookbooks, it was decided to sunset MJLP. I loved MJLP and as a past chair of the committee; it was very hard to let go.
I don’t think there was a specific moment when I knew I wanted to be president. It was manifested to me when I attended the interest meeting with Barbara Brewster, my sponsor. During the meeting, she turned to me and said that I was going to be the first black president. I laughed and thought…probably not. Well… she was right.
My greatest lesson from being president is perseverance. Never give up. Imagine. Engage. Empower. Most of all, have FUN! And while you are developing the potential of volunteering women through effective action, I too was learning and growing through the same action.
Work-life balance was the most challenging. There was a point when my mom was asking me to drop by. I realized that I hadn’t seen her in almost three months. We live about 10 minutes away from each other. I love leadership. So being able to strengthen my leadership skills, understand my learning edges AND lead a group of amazing women to change our community, were my lessons.
My special moment was at the end of the year and seeing how much everyone had accomplished. It was so awesome to look back and think, “What a great team effort!” It all went back to the theme for the year, “Imagine Engage Empower”. We embodied our theme and accomplished great things!
Being the first black president was a very special moment. I was surrounded by my friends and family at the induction ceremony…the amazing end of year community luncheon planned by Andrea Moore (the president before me) and the support of the past presidents. It was an awesome moment.
It was a busy year during my presidency. It was the 75th anniversary of Seconds on Sage, the 25th anniversary of Christmas Jubilee, and the inaugural year for Shopping with a Purpose (now called BluePass) and Gracious Giving. We also completed all the policies and procedures as well as deposited the initial capital into the Endowment so it could roll-out the following year for the 80th Anniversary. We started a new focus impact area in the community of children and education. We successfully completed 35 community projects through partnerships with 16 nonprofit agencies and logged over 45,000 volunteer hours!
We were in year one of the “Hunger, Nutrition and Fitness” impact area during my year. We were able to carry on the community project with MCPSS that resulted in a published children’s obesity fitness study; continue the backpack program; support VOICES for ALABAMA with their healthy food financing legislation – to connect community corner stores with health foods in food deserts were all important during that year.
MARY STEWART DAMSON NELSON, 2010-2011, daughter to Sarah Long Damson My mom encouraged me to experience the league as a way to surround myself with outstanding women who wanted to build relationships and make a difference in our community. I have always listened to my mom’s advice and when I joined JLM I knew I had little to lose in putting myself out there. Leadership is an innate characteristic that those who know me have (sometimes painfully) experienced over time. I was the child who asked my mother to buy the teacher editions of textbooks so I could be the teacher when my young friends and I played school at home. I was encouraged by JLM leaders to take on responsibility within the League. That push forever changed me as I had a forgiving platform to hone my leadership skills and form some of my deepest adult friendships. A leader is a servant to the mission and to the members. One of the things that makes JLM so special is the clarity of our mission. Our league will remain relevant and fruitful as long as our members stay focused on our mission. My hope is that we continue to assess the true needs of our community and allow our tremendous volunteers to work together. My hope is that our culture will continue to thrive with the evolution of our membership and never become such a burden on our members that they feel like it is a second job. My hope is that each member is proud of our mission and finds fulfillment in each placement they choose. My hope is that JLM remains a place where, guided by a common mission, incredible friendships are formed and time spent in service to JLM is always a fond memory.
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LUCY PRYOR BRADY SLATON, 2019-20, daughter of Lucy Bowman Brady I am not sure there is one thing that led me to be JLM president. If you had asked me at the beginning of my JLM career, I would have told you never! As the years went by, I knew it was something I would like to do one day. Not only would it be special to follow in my mother’s footsteps, but also I felt it would be an honor to serve the Mobile and Baldwin County Communities. I wanted to continue this tradition and legacy. The most challenging aspect of being the president of JLM is giving all of the members and volunteers the time and attention they deserve. I am a people person and I always wanted everyone to feel that I was there for them and to help them continue to move forward in their placements. The greatest lesson I learned during my presidency is that things don’t always go as planned and sometimes you have to change your plan of action and path. In March of 2020, our country shut down due to COVID-19. The unknowns and “what ifs” were hard. Our members had been working hard on planning many events and fundraisers that would ultimately be canceled. We made the most of what we could do and changed directions as needed. It was sad to not see the original visions come to fruition, but the amazing things that happened instead made it all worth it! I have a few special moments so it is hard to choose! It was very special to have my mother, Lucy Brady, install me as the 89th JLM president. It was also special to go into George Hall Elementary School and see all the hard work that our members had put into the Adopt-A-School program. Knowing that JLM is making a difference is one thing, but seeing the difference being made in the children’s lives is truly amazing.
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JLM Recruitment: Virtual Options and Social Distancing During a Pandemic By Amanda Jean Tulowitzki Each year JLM welcomes a new provisional class to
prospective members to apply. The 2021 Provisional
infuse fresh ideas into our JLM, volunteer and work
Year will begin June 1st.
within our community impact areas.
In the past, recruitment information and material was
The average size of a provisional class has historically
made available at the open houses. Recruitment Chair
been upwards of one hundred. With COVID-19
Catherine Cochran has been hard at work to make
shutdowns beginning in March 2020 during JLM’s
most things now available online. Catherine said, “We
recruitment peak, the provisional class for 2020
are excited to build our online recruitment tools that
reached twenty-four. Speaking with this year’s
will continue to be available even after COVID-19 is
provisional class, however, they report that the smaller
class size has a silver lining in the form of closely knit relationships, faster networking, and increased communication and productivity. Provisional Chair Melanie Leonard says, “I do believe the smaller class is nice. It’s easier for decision making and discussions.” In-person events are still affected by the pandemic one year later and thus negatively impacting another recruitment cycle. The committee has pivoted and worked diligently to come up with different ways to drive recruitment. In the past, recruitment has largely been driven by monthly open houses at JLM Headquarters starting in January and concluding in March. New members could begin to apply beginning January 1st and the application deadline was March 31. This year, the challenge has been deciding how an open house could be done with social distancing and proper safety precautions. The JLM Board decided to open up the General Membership Meetings on March 9th and April 13th to prospective members, giving them the opportunity to attend either virtually or in person.
Online materials already available or in development
JLM uses only the following criteria for prospective members:
• Prospective members are women at least 23 years of age by May 31 of the year admitted • A prospective member resides in the greater Mobile or Baldwin County area or adjacent community or county. • A prospective member does not live within another Junior League’s recruiting area. • Each prospective member is sponsored by two (2) Active or Sustaining members in good standing of JLM. At least one of the two sponsors must be an Active member, but any of the two sponsors may serve as Primary Sponsor. A JLM member may only serve as a primary sponsor of one prospective member each JLM Year. Provisional members are not eligible to sponsor. Members of other Junior Leagues are not eligible to sponsor new members of the Junior League of Mobile. Are you interested in joining the Junior League of Mobile, but don’t know a potential sponsor? We will assist you in the process. First year membership dues are $255. Admissions opens each year in January. If you are interested in learning more about JLM, please email email@example.com Junior League of Mobile does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion or national origin, and reaches out to women of all races, creeds, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. There is no deliberative process in the recruiting system.
include a Welcome Video from JLM President-Elect Sarah Bumgarner, a PowerPoint presentation, and a downloadable Provisional Welcome Packet. If you or someone you know wants to be involved in the community and connect with other strong women, JLM invites you to apply for membership! Although member requirements are less stringent than they have been in the past, JLM requires 2 sponsors to complete the application. If a prospective member does not know any JLM sponsors, they are welcome to begin the online application process, completing the first step, and JLM will reach out to connect them with a sponsor(s). Please check out our website and be sure to spread the word to those you know! www.juniorleaguemobile.org/membership/ Send questions about membership to firstname.lastname@example.org
SNAPSHOT OF THE 2021-2022 PROVISIONAL YEAR
STEPS TO JOIN
PROVISIONAL YEAR TIMELINE
1. Go to JuniorLeagueMobile.org
June 1, 2021: Provisional year begins May 21, 2022: Provisional year ends
2. Select ‘Membership’ 3. Select ‘Become a Member’ 4. Select the ‘New Member Application’ hyperlink and complete the application. 5. Confirm your email address via the automated email you receive. 6. Create your account on the JLM website following the steps provided.
PROVISIONAL YEAR REQUIREMENTS
Meeting Requirements: • JLM 101-103 Series • 3 Provisional Large Group Meetings • 4 General Membership Meetings
Financial Obligations: • Provisional Dues ($255) • Fundraisers: Purchase $30 in passes or tickets (either BluePass or Christmas Jubilee)
Volunteer Time: • 1 Christmas Jubilee shift (Fall 2021) • 2 Provisional Project shifts (year-round)
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JLM’s Own Healthcare Heroes By Tabitha Olzinski
The mounting individual stress put on our health care workers due to longer hours, less staff, and decreased patient interaction is exacerbated as critically ill patients enter hospitals alone, unable to have family member support accompany them or advocate for their health. “Imagine you are sick, scared and confused, you are in a strange place with people you don’t know. The most reassuring thing I can do would
Last March, the world shut its doors and retreated
be to hold your hand, talk to you, smile at you, but I
into homes and family units to wait out what was
have on two pairs of gloves, a face mask or even worse,
supposed to be a wave and quick return to routine.
a respirator which is extremely loud, and I can’t offer
However, many of our JLM members were being
physical touch. Half my face is covered so you can’t
called to duty, leaving their families as they headed out
see me smile or even hear me over the noise of the
into an unknown that has now lasted a full year. These
equipment,” recounts Katie.
women were called to continue their compassion
With family members nervous and fretting at home,
and care for patients while risking their own safety
a nurse may be the only person a patient has contact
as part of their core vocational values. Healthcare
with for days or weeks. Katie emphasizes that, “Best
needs did not stop and wait for the Coronavirus to
case scenario, patients get better and go home, the
pass. Instead, demand for immediate and critical care
worst is that we as healthcare providers are the person
your loved one is with as they pass. And after they pass, we have to pull it together for another patient and do it all over again.” San Wilson-Pettaway is a Labor and Delivery Team leader at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. In her 21 years in the profession, she has never seen anything like the last year. As a team leader, it is her responsibility to support and lead her team through every day and ever changing protocols and procedures. One of her big challenges is supporting new nurses fresh out of school who do not understand that the pandemic has changed everything and some changes
are day to day. For those new and often young nurses,
San Wilson-Pettaway a mask or respirator takes that communication away and makes speech muffled. Your eyes become most important as they tell the story now.” Staffing
I was privileged to talk to several of our JLM
of staff turnover and retention rates. Katie says, “The
Healthcare Heroes; front line workers that have
number of critically ill patients we have seen with
witnessed firsthand the virus’s effects over the past
COVID-19 has been relentless. We don’t have enough
year. Katie Clemmons is a registered nurse at Baptist
critical care nurses, doctors, or support staff to cover
Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. Katie states that one of
the amount of patients we are getting. People are
San also echoes the sentiment that patient rapport
baby, the staff must also balance other roles, such as
the hardest things to deal with has been the amount
getting burnt out and quitting, changing job fields.”
has become extremely challenging as, “With labor
photographer and mental support with their normal
and delivery, it is important that the patient listen to
nursing duties since now laboring moms can not have
you about when to push or stop pushing. Wearing
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this is all they have known, and for more seasoned staff she gives daily encouragement, reminding them that, “We can do this, we have made it this far.”
is also a challenge as laboring COVID-19 positive moms now receive a dedicated staff member who is normally taking care of multiple moms during their shift. Besides being assigned to one single patient or
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Reshonda Lilly was presented with a whole different
methodology with a short, in-service training and
the technicians had the same amount of equipment
Kayla Mowdy did some soul searching and took a
So what do healthcare professionals want us to know
Our lives, and especially the lives of Healthcare
set of challenges as a Clinical Lab Scientist with
tutorials. Reshonda adds that there was a sudden
during the virus surges as they did pre COVID-19,
leap of faith during the pandemic by opening her
about this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic? Reshonda
Heroes, will be forever changed as COVID-19
USA Health. Once the COVID-19 tests arrived in
onset of significantly more people needing those
so resources were limited to running only one or two
own clinic, Future Physical Therapy. “It was a huge
Lilly says, “Stay positive, follow CDC guidelines; wear
slowly spreads across the globe in waves and variants.
the lab, technicians had to quickly learn the testing
test results quickly. Unfortunately, the lab could not
tests at a time.
risk to open a business during a pandemic, but so far
a mask, wash your hands and stay away from crowds.
We sincerely thank these strong women and ALL
it has been worth every bit of anxiety I experienced
The vaccine will help.” San Wilson-Pettaway warns,
of our Healthcare Heroes as we continue to fight
along the way,” says Kayla. When asked how patient
“COVID-19 is real. It doesn’t pick anyone and doesn’t
this pandemic and forge ahead in service to our
rapport was changed, Kayla pointed to the difficulty
have a particular face. Take precautions because I
communities and fellow citizens.
with wearing a mask. “With masks in place on my
can’t take precautions for you.” Kayla Mowdy pleads,
face and theirs, a lot is lost in my ability to make
“Don’t wait to seek care out of fear of getting the
them comfortable and I have to adapt to reading body
virus. Putting things on the back burner until the
language,” recalls Kayla.
pain or problem is so intense makes it harder to treat
rush testing because the samples had to incubate and
and ends up making you have more medications and additional follow up visits.”
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Adopt-A-School Program Pivots and Grows By Kerrianne Webster
into backpacks distributed to individual classrooms for the children. Parents and caregivers then picked up the backpacks in time for virtual learning to begin. We were honored to welcome George Hall The Junior League of Mobile (JLM)
and the administration of the school have adapted
continues to meet the needs of the children
to give students as many tools for success as possible.
at George Hall Elementary through our
When the Mobile County Public School System
inaugural Adopt-A-School program. Since
(MCPSS) postponed the start of the school year to
its inception, there have been many changes
September 1st, 2020, our volunteers began planning
to the original concept but the committee
and purchasing much-needed school supplies packed
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Elementary school counselor, Lexie Greer, at JLM’s annual Sustainer Luncheon in February to share additional updates from our partnership. Greer explained, “We are a community school, meaning that our
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students live within a 2-mile radius of our campus. Most of our students walk to and from school, or a family member picks them up. We serve about 320 students Pre-K through 5th grade... Our student population is majority African American, and most of our students qualify for free/reduced lunch.” Greer continued, “But these are just some basic, dry facts about George Hall Elementary. So, let me paint you a picture of our school. Our teachers welcome kids at their doors with warm hugs and bright smiles…You hear quiet calming music and engaging lessons, read aloud stories, and energetic sing-alongs…And, depending on the time of day, you smell homemade breakfast and lunch meals prepared for all 320 students, five days a week, by our amazing cafeteria staff.” The importance of nutrition and fitness remains paramount, even with virtual and hybrid learning during an uncertain time in the world. The loving teachers and staff welcomed students back for onsite learning this September, and the resiliency of staff and students
In February, the Adopt-A-School committee presented
alike at George Hall Elementary is to be
some cheer by providing art kits to all students
attending school onsite and virtually. JLM will provide
JLM successfully hosted a book drive starting in August, replenished the uniform closet, and donated hygiene and first aid supplies to classroom teachers. As the world continues to adapt to social-distancing and new protocols
these kits monthly to promote creativity with art. Additionally, the committee is working with a local author and the 4th grade teachers at George Hall Elementary to have a virtual “meet the author” event and to donate books from the author sometime this spring.
during COVID-19, JLM was informed of
Greer exclaimed, “I cannot express in words the
another, new need – a way to get water for
deep, deep gratitude we feel for everything the Junior
students throughout their school day. To
League of Mobile and the Adopt-A-School program
keep everyone as safe as possible, school water
has done to support our faculty and students so far.
fountains were turned off – JLM donated
We feel very blessed to have received this opportunity
three touch-free water bottle filler stations to
and look forward to working with the League to
make sure that students and staff could stay
continue improving the lives of our students at George
safe and hydrated throughout their school day.
Hall Elementary.” Pictured on this page George Hall teachers.
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“We live a pretty incredible life.” The HAW5 Foundation was formed to keep alive the energetic fun-loving spirit of Henry A Wise V. Henry was a fine young man who was very genuine and had a great attitude towards life. He was always smiling and singing, in a great mood, and never wasted a minute of the day. Henry was known as someone who included everyone. He was a popular and talented athlete with a strong inner faith and connection to Christ which allowed him to live with such a free spirit. He once said while out fishing with friends on Mobile Bay that “We live a pretty Incredible life”. This life included 16 years at Bayside Academy and attending camps like JH Ranch and Young Life - just a few of the important, impactful places that shaped Henry’s spirit during his short life. The HAW5 Foundation funds scholarships to all of the above organizations. 100% of the donations are gifted back to people in need. The HAW5 board consist of parents, siblings, friends, and a student who received the HAW5 scholarship. The scholarship allows that same student to match the contribution and make his or her own donation to a cause of their choice. The foundation will also always continue to support emergency and first response teams who in Henry’s case went over and beyond expectations in their search. We will forever be grateful to those men and women. We promise as advocates for HAW5 to help others however we can to live an incredible life as Henry did. For more information and how to make a contribution please go to
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Funding the Mission: Success During Uncertain Times By Crystal Jones
The 36th Annual Christmas Jubilee took place
visit all 83 vendors at the November event. After the
times to make Junior League of Mobile’s largest
November 13th through 15th, 2020, with VIP
three-day extravaganza, the Christmas Jubilee raised a
fundraiser a success. The social distancing guidelines
shopping from 9am to 12pm and General Admission
total of $126,000, surpassing pandemic expectations.
and rules that we followed set a precedence for all
from 2pm to 6pm. Market hours were shortened to While the halls of Junior League Mobile may have
best comply with COVID-19 safety practices, but this
been a little quieter in 2020, the members of our
did not stop the 3,070 ticket holders from lining up to
“It was truly remarkable to see a team of chairs and volunteers come together in these unprecedented
future events in Mobile. In the fundraiser’s 36 years, each year has had its own challenges, but being trained Junior League volunteers, we know how to adapt
fundraising committees were hard at work through Zoom meetings and small, masked groups of volunteers. The ladies of JLM did not let COVID-19 stop any creation or innovation while planning our two largest fundraisers of the year, BluePass and Christmas Jubilee. The fundraisers were successful due to the dedication and resourcefulness of our committees. Health and safety were paramount as
support of our returning and new sponsors,” she
volunteers set about their journeys many months
added. 2020 was the twelfth year for the BluePass
prior to the events and with countless question marks.
fundraiser. Over $140,000 has been raising through
Tradition was important as leaders wanted to make
BluePass alone in support of community initiatives.
sure JLM continued to set a high standard of quality
The $30 BluePass funds all community programs.
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even during challenging times over the past year. The BluePass fundraiser took place the entire month of October, an increase from 15 days in 2019. Over 340 supporters purchased cards to shop nearly 100 local merchants in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The fundraiser was hugely successful raising nearly $11,000. The funds raised support JLM’s focus on Healthy Children: Hunger, Nutrition & Fitness. “It was great to see the shoppers support the businesses who have so graciously supported our community through the years,” said Shellie Teague, BluePass Chair. “We also could not have done it without the
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such as the Gulf Coast Exploreum, Prodisee Pantry, and overcome,” says Krystle Avery, Christmas Jubilee
the Joseph Project, Dumas Wesley, and Distinguished
Chair. “It was great leadership, a cohesive working
relationship with the Convention Center, support of our shoppers and merchants, and our amazing volunteers that this event was possible. I can not thank my committee enough for coming together and pivoting to accomplish so much and further the
The Junior League of Mobile is proud of the success our committees experienced and the resilience to our mission even in the most unsettling year. Fund Development Manager Tiffany Slater said, “I have
mission of the Junior League,” emphasizes Krystle.
been blown away by the incredible determination
Christmas Jubilee is JLM’s longest running annual
Jubilee committees have shown during this year.
fundraiser, raising over $6,000,000 for our impact
Each committee faced unprecedented obstacles and
areas over its combined contributing years. The $10 in
overcame them in order to do what was best for our
advance/$12 at the door ticket makes a direct impact
league and the community. I am extremely proud of
on our communities through the development of
what they have accomplished this year.”
JLM volunteers and partnership programs. A $12 general admission ticket to CJ provides after-school fitness activities to four children and buys a week of
and teamwork that both the BluePass and Christmas
The Junior League of Mobile works tirelessly to fund the mission and support our communities.
diapers for a local child in need, allowing us to give back to our community. Both fundraisers also allow the organization to work with community partners
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2021 Sustainer of the Year Luncheon By Sara Hyder McGough
On February 9th, 2021, the Junior League of
Mrs. Greer was instrumental in applying for the
Amanda Gonzales then read from Sustainer of the
Mobile hosted our annual Sustainer Luncheon at the
Adopt-A-School program and has been the primary
Year nominations before presenting the award to past
Country Club of Mobile. The program began with
liaison between the school and JLM over the past two
president Ann Sirmon. One nomination stated that,
an introduction by President Amanda Gonzales and
years. She spoke about the various needs of the school
“Her poised leadership skills and vision benefitted
invocation by 2021-22 President Elect, Amy Groves.
and the many wonderful opportunities JLM has
JLM and its projects … including her attention to
Sarah Bumgarner, 2020-21 President-Elect, then
presented to George Hall Elementary starting in the
detail in every area from finances to human resources.”
introduced George Hall Elementary School Counselor
spring of 2020.
President Amanda Gonzales
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President-Elect Sarah Bumgarner
Ann Sirmon continues to shape the future of JLM as
has led her to mentor a Little Sister with Big Brothers/
Sirmon has recently been appointed by Governor Kay
the sustaining adviser, a position she has held nearly
Big Sisters for over ten years, work with Mobile’s Bully
Ivey to Alabama’s Commission on Higher Education.
four years. In the community, Ann’s servant leadership
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Lexie Greer, George Hall Elementary School Counselor
Ann Sirmon, Sustainer of the Year Award
Amy Groves, Amanda Gonzales, and Sarah Bumgarner
Sustainer Kristin Pfeffle
Another nomination summarized that Ann has, “left a
concluded the nomination with, “I am happy to
Ann made comments of thanks to the league and her
The luncheon concluded with words from sustainer
through volunteerism and donations. It was a lovely
sustained impact on our community and I believe that
present this year’s Sustainer of the Year award to one
fellow Sustainers. Ann then recalled that she learned
Kristin Pfeffle. Past president Mrs. Pfeffle shared about
luncheon and those who attended were grateful to see
she is exactly the kind of long-term member who has
of the ones who always answers her phone, my friend
to give back by watching her mother mentor and serve
the many ways Sustainers can continue to give to JLM
continued to fulfill JLM’s mission.” Amanda Gonzales
and mentor, Ann Sirmon.”
young people in their hometown in Mississippi.
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Human Trafficking: Let’s End It Now Mobile By Tabitha Olzinski
One minute and seven seconds. That is how long it
victims a year globally. The numbers are staggering
Vigilance is paramount. Parents must discuss this
took a predator to start messaging eleven year old
but we all can fight back with the right education and
important, yet awkward topic with teens and preteens
persona Bailey, once her profile went live. Over half
determination to be a voice for the voiceless.
often. Monitor every child’s and teen’s activity on
a dozen messages before two minutes and a phone call request by five minutes. Welcome to the $150 billion dollar human trafficking industry. It moves fast, it is scary, and it is very real with over 40 million
Parents are the frontlines when helping to keep their kids safe. Social media has unfortunately given predators countless platforms and strategies that have accelerated the number of human trafficking victims.
all social media, as Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok have become predator hotspots. Make all accounts as private as possible and turn off all location services. Warn kids about not accepting requests from people who they have no friends in common with or, better, do not know in person. Predators will approach kids on TikTok asking to perform a duet to gain their trust. Most predators use psychological tactics over physical tactics to gain power over their prey. Tell kids not to give out any personal information such as an address or if their parents are home. Parents can also download activity tracking apps that help monitor a child’s phone or limit use in evening hours through their cell provider. In person, have children always go somewhere with a buddy and be aware of their surroundings.
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JLM is stepping up to help educate parents and
stop to these heinous crimes. The Junior League of
help all adults identify how everyone can help fight
Birmingham has been working on this initiative for
human trafficking. JLM’s effort to spread awareness
four years and recently signed a statewide campaign
and partner with other community agencies
on human trafficking in conjunction with End
is spearheaded by Latrese English, the JLM
It Alabama. The campaign includes a liaison
Community Manager. President-Elect Sarah
from Governor Ivey’s office. End It Alabama has
Bumgarner met with the City of Bay Minette’s
sent out proclamations to each city clerk across
mayor and city council to declare Bay Minette
the state (more than 400 total) and subsequent
a “trafficking free zone” and January as Human
acceptance by each city. The proclamation
Trafficking Awareness Month.
includes facts on human trafficking, which
Since then the initiative has grown; with the help of JLM sustainer, Anitra Henderson, Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs for the City of Mobile Mayor’s office,
are insightful and informative prompting Birmingham’s mayor to declare the city a “traffic free zone”. A “traffic free zone”
JLM asked Mayor Sandy Stimpson to declare
allows a city to do the following:
January “Human Trafficking Awareness Month”
1. Agree to train all city employees and law
and Mobile a “trafficking free zone”. The request was granted. “I signed a proclamation declaring January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” in the City of Mobile. Today, I sat down for a conversation with members of the Junior League of Mobile and others working to shine a light on this underreported problem impacting our community,” wrote Mayor Stimpson. Also in attendance was Breighanna Vigor, Miss Mobile Bay, whose platform is human trafficking. Breighanna was a victim herself at the age of 12 while attending Semmes Middle School and has a powerful story to tell. Also, as a result of group efforts, the Mobile Police Department has created a Special Victims Unit to serve juvenile crime victims. Investigators regularly work with federal law enforcement to investigate predators targeting children online.
enforcement on Human Trafficking and put
a response protocol into place.
2. Implement an HR policy that calls for
immediate termination for anyone
purchasing sex at work. The most common
time sex is purchased is 3-4pm during work
hours and most likely arranged from
a work device.
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On a more national scale, nonprofit organizations such as “Truckers Against Trafficking” educates truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking. Initiatives exist with organizations like “Hope for Justice” that offer signs for posting to help educate how to spot victims of human trafficking. Some bars now have signs in bathrooms with code words you can give the bartender if you are in trouble and with the World
With the human trafficking trade worse at interstate
Games coming to Alabama in 2022, training has
intersections, such as Mobile’s own I-65 and I-10,
already begun to educate all staff on spotting and
the label of a “traffic free zone” is one way to gain
interfering with human trafficking at these types of
resources and law enforcement assistance to put a
events and venues.
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Covers Through Time: How Folio Tells the Junior League of Mobile Story By Sara Hyder McGough
The evolution and transformation of the Junior League of Mobile can be seen through the articles, images, and covers over the past 70 years of the Folio magazine. Each Folio marks a place in time and lends perspective to how JLM has adapted and transformed over the past nine decades. We gathered a small sampling of Folio covers going back to
1953 highlighting various League interests,
fundraisers, and areas of community focus. The 1953 Folio cover shows the Junior League Thrift Shop that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through five decades. The Follies talent show was a substantial fundraiser within the League for multiple decades, and the October 1955 cover highlights the League’s immense hands-on volunteerism in the health community that began in JLM’s first years as a chapter. JLM has a rich history of celebrating and preserving Mobile’s historic places and traditions. Leaguers advocated for voting rights as remembered in the November 1960 edition,
Januar y 1953
helped preserve historic sites to bring the past to life, and hosted fundraisers like rodeos, sports tournaments and water sporting events highlighted in a 1970 edition.
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The 1980s covers reveal how fundraising turns to reality and tangible progress for Mobile with the concept drawing of the Exploreum in September 1983 and the inaugural Christmas Jubilee edition of November 1985. In 1989, the Thrift Shop celebrated 55 years of providing affordable clothing to our community.
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The 1990s editions grew in physical size and length. The March 1990 edition highlights JLM’s ambitious venture into historic preservation which has left a lasting mark on Mobile that can be enjoyed for generations. The Winter 1991 and Fall 1996 editions show the League’s commitment to education and the school children of southern Alabama. Literacy and drug abuse education were top priorities that aligned with other national campaigns of the time. Also, Mobile native Eugenia Foster’s art graced over half a dozen Folio covers as showcased in the Summer 1992 edition and well into the 2000s.
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Covers from the early 2000s help feature the continued commitment of JLM to children and their wellbeing. From literacy to arts to play, JLM’s community impact areas were extensive yet focused at the same time. JLM made generous volunteer and financial contributions to an expanding Exploreum, helped schools enhance resources to improve graduation rates, and dedicated a playground to the YMCA.
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The 2010’s saw a resurgence in JLM’s mission to empower and develop the potential of women in our community. There was a renewed commitment to in-league training, mentorship, and helping the community better understand JLM’s mission and vision for the future. These internal efforts have broadened our members’ reach and influence in area communities. The decade said goodbye to some longstanding fundraisers that were no longer sustainable, and bravely introduced new or expanded existing fundraisers that increased our community impact. Summer 2001
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$160,000 donated to local organizations to help ease the financial burden placed on them due to the Covid shutdowns
2,000+ meals served to our local Healthcare Heroes during the Covid pandemic
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